Liverpool under-23 captain Corey Whelan has agreed a new contract to keep him at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
The Irish U21 international, who has been at the club for around a decade despite only turning 20 last Sunday, has put pen to paper on new terms with the club that he has been a lifelong fan of.
✍️ Congratulations, Corey Whelan!
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 13, 2017
Whelan was promoted from the Liverpool U18 side for the 2016/17 season, and new U23 manager Neil Critchley saw fit to hand the Chester-born defender, who can play either at full-back or in central defence, the captain’s armband at the beginning of this season. His influence seems to be having the right effect too, as Liverpool currently lead Premier League 2 by a margin of six points after twelve games.
Whelan, along with fellow defender Conor Masterson, goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and striker Glen McAuley, make up a group of highly-rated Irish players in the club’s youth ranks.
Internationally, Whelan made his debut for the Irish U21 side in a European Championship qualifier against Kosovo in March of this year. He has since established himself as a regular in Noel King’s international setup, going on to earn five caps as the Boys in Green look to maintain their good form and hopefully book a place in the finals in Italy in 2019.